Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente, has said dealing with nutrition should begin with antenatal care with concerted efforts.
He said it is necessary to design and implement programs to ensure food security, adequate access to clean water supply, sanitation and hygiene.
Dr. Ngirente made the remarks in his note address at the Global Event on “Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition at Bangkok, Thailand on 28th November this year.
The three-day conference was organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in partnership with World Food Programme (FAO).
According to the 2018 report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, the number of hungry people in the world increased to 821 million in the year 2017.
In Africa, Dr. Ngirente said, “the same report indicates that the prevalence of undernourishment affects more than 256 million people, equivalent to 21% of the population,” adding that “These findings are not different from the 2017 FAO report that shows that about 27.4% of Africans were considered severely food insecure, which is considerably higher compared to other regions of the world.”
Currently, stunting and malnutrition rates at 35% among children as Dr. Ngirente highlighted.
Dr. Ngirente shared some initiatives that Rwanda has put in place as he spoke of Rwanda’s experience in its commitment towards ending hunge